Are Truck Bed Covers Waterproof?

Truck bed covers are a great way to protect your cargo from the elements and keep your truck looking sharp. But are they actually waterproof? The answer is yes, but it depends on the type of cover you get.

Soft Covers

Soft covers come in a variety of materials, such as vinyl and canvas, and are usually the least expensive option. They provide basic protection from the elements, including rain and snow, but some may not be completely waterproof. The seams can be sealed with silicone or a similar product to help make them more water-resistant.

Hard Covers

Hard covers are made from tougher materials like aluminum or fiberglass. They provide much better protection from the elements than soft covers, and most are completely waterproof. The seals around the edges can be reinforced with silicone or a similar product to make them even more water-resistant.

Retractable Covers

Retractable covers use a system of rails and tracks to roll back and forth on your truck bed. They provide excellent protection from the elements when closed, and most are completely waterproof when fully closed.

However, if they’re not properly sealed at the edges, they can still allow water in.


Overall, truck bed covers can be waterproof depending on the type you get. Soft covers may need additional sealing to become waterproof, while hard covers and retractable covers typically offer full waterproofing when properly installed.

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Stephen Dunn